Japan Confirms Avian Influenza H5N8 Outbreaks
The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Confirmed on December 22, 2020, Japan reported (5) more highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 outbreaks, which were confirmed between December 1 and 2 at farms in Miyazaki and Kagawa prefectures. According to the ministry, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries sent officials to support the prefecture's response to the outbreak.
Japan agriculture officials recently said 'that the H5N8 strain infecting birds is similar to the one triggering outbreaks in South Korea. However, it is distinct from the H5N8 strain currently circulating in Europe.'
'Influenza A viruses circulating among poultry have the potential to recombine with human influenza A viruses and become more transmissible among humans,' says the U.S. CDC.